UPDATE-Shooting Investigation Newark Oaks

The New Castle County Division of Police continues to investigate the incident that occurred in the unit block of Leader Drive in the community of Newark Oaks.

Officers were dispatched to the residence after a 34-year-old male subject called 9-1-1 to report that he had been shot.

The initial investigation revealed the male suspect, a 34-year-old man, arrived home and engaged in a confrontation with a 31-year-old female resident and her guest, the 34-year-old male victim.  During the exchange, the male suspect fired a handgun striking both the male and female. The male victim remained inside the home and summoned the police. 

Upon arrival at the scene, officers observed the suspect through a window brandishing a handgun. As they approached the home, an exchange of gunfire occurred between an officer, a 1 year veteran of the Division, and the suspect. It is unknown at this time if the suspect was struck during the exchange. The officer was not struck by gunfire.

Additional units responded to the scene which included the Division of Police Crisis Management Group (CMG).  The CMG consists of officers from Special Operations and includes the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT), Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) and the Explosives Ordinance Disposal (EOD) Team. 

Officers from SWAT entered the residence to rescue the victims.  Officers located the 34-year-old male victim and extracted him from the residence.  He was transported to Christiana Medical Center by Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company and listed in stable condition. The female victim was located and pronounced deceased at the scene by New Castle County Paramedics.

Officers from the Crisis Negotiation Team attempted to contact the armed subject inside the residence and were met with negative results.

SWAT team members later located the male suspect inside the residence with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was pronounced deceased.

Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Unit responded to the scene to assume the investigation.

This investigation is still active and anyone with information pertaining to this incident is asked to please contact Detective Adam Holubinka at (302) 395.8254 or by email at Adam.holubinka@newcastlede.gov.



(Newark, DE 19702) On Thursday, September 21, 2023 at 12:43 a.m. the New Castle County Division of Police responded to a residence in the unit block of Leader Dr., Newark Oaks, in regards to a complaint of a shooting.

Upon arrival, Officers made contact with an injured male subject who was transported to Christiana Medical Center and is listed in stable condition. 

The residence was secured and police remain on scene as this is an active and ongoing investigation.  At this time there is no concern for the safety of the surrounding community.  Updates will be provided as the investigation unfolds.



(Wilmington, DE 19808) This morning, a 76-year-old woman from the community of Heritage Park failed to answer a routine phone call from Senior Roll Call. After receiving no answer, Senior Roll Call volunteers contacted the woman’s emergency contact, an off-duty law enforcement officer who responded to her residence. The victim was found in the residence after falling the night prior and was unable to contact help. New Castle County Emergency Services responded to assist, and the female was transported to Christiana Hospital where she remains in stable condition.

Senior Roll Call is a free program provided by New Castle County Police that calls the homes of its subscribers every day to ensure they are doing well and do not require emergency assistance. After several unsuccessful calls, help is sent to the home to check on the well-being of the subscriber.

Since its introduction in 1995, Senior Roll Call Lifeline has helped make countless “saves” for individuals who have suffered a debilitating injury or ailment leaving them unable to help themselves.

The program is available at no cost to all senior or disabled citizens residing in New Castle County.

For more information on volunteering or how to enroll in the program, contact New Castle County Police Senior Roll Call Lifeline at (302) 395-8159 or visit the nccpd.com website.